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Frédérique Six is Associate Professor of Public Governance at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the VU Amsterdam. Her research interest lies in resilient public governance challenges in general and more specifically the contingent relationship between trust and control. The focus is on the relation between control- and trust-oriented policies and practices; trust and regulatory enforcement; trust in and within regulatory regimes; and trust in, within and between (public) organisations. She has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative (comparative) research methods.

She was recently actively involved in the H2020-SC6-GOVERNANCE-01-2019: Trust in Governance and Regulation in Europe consortium (TiGRE, 2020-2023), grant agreement nr 870722

She has a long-standing and fruitful collaboration with the University of Antwerp and is a visiting professor in the University of Antwerp’s Centre of Excellence Trust and distrust in multi-level governance (GOVTRUST).

Her passion is to translate academic insights to practice regarding public governance and organization issues (


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Awarded best teacher of the year 2022 in the VU School of Governance.

  • Executive education: Academic director of: Sturen en leidinggeven vanuit vertrouwen programme (VU School of Governance 2019-2022; as of 2023 as part of het Zijlstra Center) and Intern en extern toezicht module (VU VASS); regular lecturer in: public controllers programme (CPC, het Zijlstra Center), executive and non-executive directors in the third sector programme (het Zijlstra Center).
  • Postgraduate education: GOVTRUST Summer School (University Antwerp); TiGRE young scholars workshop (UNIL - Lausanne); lecturer in Integrity and responsibility in research and advice course (NIG).
  • MSc courses on public management, good governance, master theses (public administration, business and management; organization sciences); master thesis coordinator.
  • BSc courses on decision making theory, change management and public management; coordinator internships; tutor.
  • Many master classes and workshops for practitioners: see list elsewhere on this site.

Ancillary activities

  • Universiteit Antwerpen | Antwerpen | Gastprofessor | 2019-10-01 - present
  • United World College Maastricht | Maastricht | Bestuurder | 2021-11-23 - 2027-11-23

Ancillary activities are updated daily

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Academic qualification

Management, PhD, Trust and trouble, building interpersonal trust within organizations, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdan

Award Date: 24 Jun 2004

Management (MBA), Master, MBA (1988), INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France. , INSEAD

Award Date: 19 Dec 1988

Environmental Engineering, Master, Wageningen University

Award Date: 25 Mar 1987

User created Keywords

  • Trust
  • Control
  • Public governance
  • Regulation


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